As many of you know, I teach the Marriage and Family Relations course in Sunday School. We just finished up the Marriage section and we've moved on to Parenting.
A couple weeks ago the lesson was on "The Divine Role of Mothers." It was a good lesson. I was well prepared and excited to learn together with my class.
Got to church - Relief Society first. As the first hour was wrapping up, I reached down for my lesson manual to go over the outline one more time (cuz I'm weird like that.) AND IT WASN'T THERE.
I had totally forgotten my manual at home - and there wasn't time to go get it.
Enter: fervent prayer.
I felt a distinct impression to open the Bible Dictionary. I followed it. The definition for "mother" (at least in the Portuguese Bible dictionary - don't know about the English) is as follows:
Divine title for a woman who gives light to children.
Bam. There's my lesson.
We spent the next hour discussing that one little phrase. Here's what we came up with.
- Motherhood is a God-given role
- It is a title - implying it must be earned
- A woman doesn't have to give birth to be a mother - notice it just says "to children"
- According to the Bible dictionary, "light" means "divine energy of Christ"
- Therefore, to be a mother, we must teach our children about Christ
Does this mean a woman who feeds, dresses, and cleans her children, but doesn't teach them, isn't a mother?
I've thought a lot about that.
I hope I deserve to be called one.